How many of you are still reading?
The title says it all.
I’m a big statistic nerd, and I check every facet of Google Analytics that I can reasonably comprehend, and on a fairly regular basis. Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed that a lot more folks have decided to visit this site on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, rather than a weekly basis. This is partly due to the page-a-week release schedule which hinders consistent returns to a degree, but I think it’s mostly due to the long-form nature of the story in Tails, which lends itself to binge reading. For those who have been reading since the very beginning back in 2009, you can surely attest to all the changes that have occurred over the years. Some gradual, like the steady growth of the characters. And some more drastic, like the genre mashing and flying cats. I had to make a very hard decision back in 2010 from a twice-a-week release to a page-a-week release, which I knew would hurt me a bit. Let’s face it, when you’re not visiting a site on a regular basis you tend to forget about said site. (Not to mention the decline of Google Reader.)
So, leave a comment and let me know that you’re still a regular reader, and if you’re so inclined, let me know how often you visit.
This information will be VERY helpful moving forward. When Tails was averaging closer to 5000 to 7000 pageviews a day, I ran into bandwidth issues with the hosting service on my shared server, and upgraded to a dedicated virtual server, which runs $500 a year. It’s not a fortune, but it’s also not chump change. The pageviews have dipped, so I’ll most likely be switching back to a shared server within the coming months (with adequate bandwidth, of course). I’d like to know how many readers this will affect.
Thanks in advance, everyone.